Dolmen ensemble rehearse at Blythe Centre for Performing Arts

I am writing this blog at a cruising altitude of 12,000 feet, as we fly from Nelson to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Below us, I can see the majestic mountains of New Zealand’s interior, and Som, Edward, and I (the three members of the Dolmen Ensemble) are all thinking how lucky we are that music has taken us to such a spectacular place.

In Christchurch, we’ll be playing a concert at the newly built concert hall, aptly called ‘The Piano’. We’ll then be adjudicating the Pettman ROSL Arts Scholarship auditions at the same venue, where we will have the difficult job of choosing one out of fifteen chamber groups from across New Zealand to come to the UK to have masterclasses, perform concerts, and attend concerts in the summer of 2017.

In October, Duke’s Auctioneers hosted a valuation day at the London clubhouse. Members brought along antiques to receive a free valuation for auction from Duke’s experts Dr Matthew Denney and Amy Brenan and to learn more about their heirlooms and treasures.

ROSL intern, Luke Dugdale, shares his experiences of working behind the scenes at Over-Seas House London.